NEW YORK — One of the best at-bats that Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had all year was his last.
On a night Reggie Jackson was on the acreage watching batting practice, Bucky Dent threw out the august aboriginal angle and Aaron Boone was managing the Yankees, Sanchez about aing them as authorization legends with a celebrated home run on their resume.
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Just afore the 2018 Yankees were slayed to death Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium by the hated Red Sox in Game 4 of their best-of-five ALDS, Sanchez’s seven-pitch action with Craig Kimbrel in the bottom of the ninth about angry into a season-saving, series-tying, walk-off admirable slam.
Instead, his fly aerial to abysmal larboard was bent on the admonishing clue by Andrew Benintendi and Sanchez acclimatized for a cede fly that cut the Red Sox’s advance to a run, and that’s how it concluded back a epitomize analysis accepted Gleyber Torres was out at aboriginal afterwards hitting a arena brawl to third with the attached and acceptable runs aboard.
“I hit it well, but got beneath it,” Sanchez said afterwards the Yankees’ 4-3 loss.
That’s the adventure of his season.
Maybe the best-hitting catcher in baseball as a amateur in 2016 and afresh in 2017, Sanchez hit .186 in a arresting 2018 that included two months on the DL and those major-league best 18 anesthetized balls.
His postseason mostly was a disappointment, too. Sanchez abuse neared agitated the Yanks to their Game 2 ALDS win with a two-homer, four-RBI night at Fenway Park, but he accomplished the playoffs aloof 3-for-18 in bristles games.
Sanchez addressed all of this in his post-game presser, which included some alibi authoritative and some honesty.
The excuses came back he was asked about his anesthetized balls, and he responded with to his go-to band for media criticism about his receiving.
“We’re not absolute as animal beings,” he said. “As a catcher, anesthetized assurance are activity to happen. But to me it’s about convalescent … convalescent in all aspects of actuality a catcher. That’s activity to be a priority.”
It bigger be his No. 1 priority.
Offseason antecedence 1A for Sanchez should be addition out how he could go from actuality a .299 hitter with 20 homers in 53 amateur as a amateur to hitting .289 with 33 homers aftermost division to batting .186 this year with 18 homers.
Actually, Sanchez says he already knows why he was so bad.
Asked what went wrong, Sanchez answered, “They were casting me actual boxy throughout the accomplished season. They were active actual acceptable pitches that were out of the bang zone, but I was accepted at them. That’s one of the things that I appetite to assignment on in the offseason. Command the bang area better. Be a added careful hitter.”
It can be done.
Just attending at Yankees ambush Didi Gregorius, who had a career aerial 48 walks this division afterwards managing alone 19 in 2016 and 25 aftermost year.
Sanchez articulate bent to appearance up for 2019 bounce training mentally able to acknowledgment to his 2016-17 form.
“A boxy year,” Sanchez said. “A lot of ups and downs throughout the accomplished season. To me, not a acceptable year based on my standards. Now we accept to attending advanced to the offseason and assignment on all the things I appetite to advance for aing year.”
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